Get rid of extra Halloween candy and treat the troops

"Operation Troop Treats" is a candy exchange that sends soldiers excess Halloween candy. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Operation Troop Treats is a candy exchange that sends soldiers excess Halloween candy. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The candy exchange runs through Saturday Nov. 4 during normal business hours at Kool Smiles dental offices. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The candy exchange runs through Saturday Nov. 4 during normal business hours at Kool Smiles dental offices. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kids can donate 25 pieces of unopened candy and a get a new toy at Kool Smiles dental offices around the D.C. area. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kids can donate 25 pieces of unopened candy and a get a new toy at Kool Smiles dental offices around the D.C. area. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program runs on a first come, first serve basis and there is a three toy limit. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program runs on a first come, first served basis and there is a three toy limit. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program is open to all children and families, not just Kool Smiles patients. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program is open to all children and families, not just Kool Smiles patients. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Children get a toy in exchange for 25 pieces of unwanted candy, but there is a three toy limit for kids. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Children get a toy in exchange for 25 pieces of unwanted candy, but there is a three toy limit for kids. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The candy is sent to troops serving overseas as part of a larger care package. (Courtesy Troop Treats)
The candy is sent to troops serving overseas as part of a larger care package. (Courtesy Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The packages are put together by volunteers with Operation Gratitude, part of a national non-profit that sends thousands of care packaages to U.S. service members deployed overseas. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The packages are put together by volunteers with Operation Gratitude, part of a national nonprofit that sends thousands of care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Since 2012, Kool Smiles has collected more than 12 tons of donated candy nationwide. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Since 2012, Kool Smiles has collected more than 12 tons of donated candy nationwide. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Not only do Kool Smiles dentists send the donated treats, but they also provide dental supplies and the money to cover shipment costs of the care packages. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Not only do Kool Smiles dentists send the donated treats, but they also provide dental supplies and the money to cover shipment costs of the care packages. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
"Operation Troop Treats" is a nationwide outreach program that is designed to teach kids about good dental health during Halloween and a way to say thank you to U.S. service members for putting their lives on the line. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Operation Troop Treats is a nationwide outreach program that is designed to teach kids about good dental health during Halloween and a way to say thank you to U.S. service members for putting their lives on the line. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kool Smiles is a network of dental offices with a mission of expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kool Smiles is a network of dental offices with a mission of expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats) (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
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"Operation Troop Treats" is a candy exchange that sends soldiers excess Halloween candy. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The candy exchange runs through Saturday Nov. 4 during normal business hours at Kool Smiles dental offices. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kids can donate 25 pieces of unopened candy and a get a new toy at Kool Smiles dental offices around the D.C. area. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program runs on a first come, first serve basis and there is a three toy limit. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The program is open to all children and families, not just Kool Smiles patients. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Children get a toy in exchange for 25 pieces of unwanted candy, but there is a three toy limit for kids. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
The candy is sent to troops serving overseas as part of a larger care package. (Courtesy Troop Treats)
The packages are put together by volunteers with Operation Gratitude, part of a national non-profit that sends thousands of care packaages to U.S. service members deployed overseas. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Since 2012, Kool Smiles has collected more than 12 tons of donated candy nationwide. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Not only do Kool Smiles dentists send the donated treats, but they also provide dental supplies and the money to cover shipment costs of the care packages. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
"Operation Troop Treats" is a nationwide outreach program that is designed to teach kids about good dental health during Halloween and a way to say thank you to U.S. service members for putting their lives on the line. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)
Kool Smiles is a network of dental offices with a mission of expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. (Courtesy Operation Troop Treats)

WASHINGTON — If you end up with extra Halloween candy this year and want it banished from your home, there’s a way to recycle the candy and treat the troops at the same time.

It even includes incentive for your children to hand over some of their candy.

Operation Troop Treats is a candy exchange where kids can donate 25 pieces of unopened candy and get a new toy at Kool Smiles dental offices throughout the region.

The program is already underway and runs through Saturday, Nov. 4 during business hours at Kool Smiles dental offices.

This year is the 6th that Kool Smiles is holding this candy swap. But the program is first come, first served and there is a three toy limit.

Even if you’re not a Kool Smiles patient, the exchange is open to all children and families.

The candy will be sent to troops overseas as part of a care package. Those care packages are put together by volunteers with Operation Gratitude, a national nonprofit that sends thousands of care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas.

Since 2012, Kool Smiles has collected over 12 tons of donated candy nationwide. Not only do Kool Smiles dentists send the donated treats, but they also provide dental supplies and the money to cover the shipment cost of the care packages.

Operation Troop Treats is a nationwide outreach program that’s designed to teach kids about dental health, especially during Halloween. The program is also about saying “thank you,” to service members for putting their lives on the line.

Kool Smiles is a network of dental offices with a mission of expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities.


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